by Camea Smith | 05.04.18

Christian Jankowski – Visitors, 2010, Neon, variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist and CCA Tel Aviv

KEDEM–KODEM–KADIMA is a multi-spatial exhibition, curated by the new director of The Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv, Nicola Trezzi. The exhibition’s title refers to three Hebrew words that are derived from the same root and contradict each other in their meaning: kedem (ancient), kodem (before) and kadima (forward). Accordingly, the exhibition addresses the CCA’s past – the two decades in which it was directed by its founder, Sergio Edelsztein – while also providing a sneak peek into future exhibitions.

The exhibition marks the 20th anniversary of the CCA Tel Aviv with contributions by artists who have previously exhibited at the center. For example, a neon sculpture by the German artist Christian Jankowski which is currently on display was included in his solo show at the CCA in 2014. As part of his series “Visitors,” the artist borrowed notes from guestbooks in various galleries and reproduced them as neon signs. Demonstrating a wry sense of humor, the work is based on a comment written in Hebrew by one of the visitors at the CCA – “I feel like I viewed an amazing, world-class work of art.”

Another work by an artist who has exhibited at the CCA in the past is Agnieszka Kurant’s installation “Minus One Dollar.” The Polish artist altered the value of a thousand 25-cent coins into a negative one dollar, creating unusable money for a debt-ridden economy. The exhibition also includes works by artists who will present projects curated by Trezzi in the future, such as Naama Tsabar and Nevet Yitzhak. The group show consists of works by more than 40 artists, both local and international.

The exhibition will be on view until May 26 at the CCA (2 Tsadok HaCohen Street) and at three additional venues in Tel Aviv: at Idris, an artist-run gallery (8 Mendele Mokher Sfarim Street), at The Lobby Art Space (6 Arlozorov Street) and at the studio of the handcrafted jewellery collective Born From Rock (5 HaGdud Haivri Street).

Agnieszka Kurant – Minus One Dollar, 2012, 1000 customized coins. Courtesy of the artist and CCA Tel Aviv

Born from Rock, Collection II, 2015. Photo by Michael Topyol

Gaston Zvi Ickowicz – Hajj, 2013, Light box. Courtesy of the artist and Inga Gallery

Latifa Echakhch, Untitled, 2017, Pita, cement, variable dimensions. Courtesy of the Artist and Dvir Gallery

Eli Petel – Untitled, 2006, Computer-generated painting, variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist

Shilpa Gupta, Untitled III, 2016, Graph paper in plexiglass vitrine

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